The Pickup Artist, a reality show following Mystery (apparently, a famous pickup artist) as he teaches 8 socially awkward dudes to pick up women, kicks off today on VH1. Desperate men rejoice; I know I could’ve used something like this when I was in high school. But then again, do you really want to take advice from a guy who wears fuzzy hats and eye liner?
My advice to those 8 guys — join a band. Then you can say, "I’m in a band." It doesn’t even have to be a good band. That’s why I joined an a capella group in college — girls love a capella. My wife won’t admit it, but I’d bet it was my a capella skillz that won her over.
In any case, for those of you that are interested, some info about The Pick Up Artist:
PICK UP ARTIST CONTESTANTS:
Joe D.: The big guy that girls like "as a friend."
Pradeep: The mathematician who doesn’t know when to shut up.
Spoon: The asian guy who gets seriously scared around women.
Alvaro: The breakdancing, boxing guy that turns mute near women.
Fred: A 45-year old virgin.
Scott: Also having troubles with women, and also a virgin.
Joe: A blonde, musical-loving pretty boy that’s supposedly not gay.
Brady: A photographer who fears rejection.
PICK UP ARTIST JUDGES:
Matador: Mystery’s smooth wingman.
J-Dog: Mystery’s other smooth wingman, who’s supposedly not gay.
Other PICK UP ARTIST Notes:
Pick Up Artist Blog: The show’s blog, starting with season 1. Check out Pick Up Artist TV show listings, episode guide, cast and crew, recaps, video clips, spoilers, DVDs, etc.
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick Up Artists: A 2005 non-fiction book by Neil Strauss detailing his induction into the pick up artist community and his rise from an average loser to a "master pick-up artist" under his pseudonym, Style. He learned his technique from Mystery.
Ross Jeffries: A pick up artist focusing on hypnotic and neuro linguistic techniques in his ‘Speed Seduction’ teachings. Neil learned from him.
David DeAngelo: A pick up artist who founded the company ‘Double Your Dating’, who also influenced Neil.
Wikipedia entry: A wikipedia entry for the show, the Pick-up Artist.
UPDATE: I just watched the Pick Up Artist Finale, and Joe Alvaro beat brady for the title of "Master Pickup Artist. Oh SNAP!!]]>